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Word Wipe Strategy

I see every day that the leading scorers are in the 40,000 range.  I am far from illiterate, but I rarely score above 11,000.  Is there a strategy, a technique to get more time or more words?  The enormous but consistent discrepancy is a great curiosity.  Any advice?

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If you score less than 11,000, you're probably not using the bombs to clear the board and not clearing the board without the bombs.  If you clear the board, you double your score.  So anything you can do to clear the board is really good.  From the way you write, you seem like you're probably good enough to reliably get more than 20,000.

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  1. I have never been offered "bonus bombs" and have no idea what you would do to get them.  I have gotten more than 2,000 points in a round and then was able to double that, but not because of a bonus bomb. Usually, I run out of bombs about level ten or so, but I've managed to push through far enough to score almost 40,000.  Maybe I'm stupid.  Or maybe it's because I don't have a touch screen and have to use the **** mouse.
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The bonus bombs appeared a couple of months ago, and at first I ignored them thinking I'd have to watch ads between every round. I assumed everyone was getting them! There was an update to the game around the same  time... I access it through my Washington Post subscription, don't know if that has anything to do with it - but if I want to see my score on the leaderboard I have to be logged in at WaPo. Also I do have a touch screen but actually find the mouse quicker... If you always have used the same link to get to the game, maybe try searching for it and see if you get a different version, with the extra bombs? 

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There are also some good tips in the "WordWipe Scoring" topic.

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I can't find the "new message" button, so maybe this is just for you, Brad. I think the trick is to take the 2 bonus bombs every time they're offered - which happens in every round! (I always assumed it was 2 per game, but no!) And beginning in Round 16 (I think) you only get 60 seconds, but the time doesn't decrease after that. I discovered the thing about the bombs today and still am not scoring that well because I can't resist making more words as time runs out. I think my last game I got around 22K and left more than 20 bombs unused. I do use the pause button sometimes... Whether or not taking extra bombs and pausing are "cheating" is up to each player, I guess. I just want to have fun, and if I occasionally make the Leaderboard I am pleased with myself... That would be the *daily* Leaderboard." If only you can see this and you want to share, please do. 

 

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I've never seen a bonus bomb.  Ever.  In any game, no matter what I did or how well or poorly I scored.  I've never been asked to view an ad.  Are we playing the same game?

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You don't get 2 bombs per round.  They are based on the amount of words you make after what you need to make.  If you ever had 20, you are a great wordsmith, and you should have used them to get rid of the few left-over letters at the end of rounds because wiping the board will double your score.  The time goes down each round until you hit 60 sec, I believe, then it stays there.  Usingbombs is not cheating!  It's part of the game.  I've gotten over 30K, but never 40K.  Playing for a couple years now.  Oh well.....

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I am getting 2 "bonus bombs" per round. I don't know why everybody isn't. I just scored 117, 600-something, round 94, had 5 bombs left when I failed to beat the timer. My previous high was 53K... Honestly, I was relieved when it was over. I had to keep taking breaks! And sometimes if I go to another tab the game refreshes when I go back and I have to start over, so this time I was afraid to leave. The problem is, now that I've set the bar so high for myself I'll feel like I have to beat it, If  only I could trust the **bleep** thing not to reset if I do something else! I suggested to somebody here that he look for an updated version if he's always used the same link, and maybe it'll have the extra bombs, I still don't know about those incredibly high scores, but I'm astonished at how high I got so I guess there's a way if you're really strategic. Nerves of steel would also help!

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Round 94??? Wow. I've reached 17 once or twice. Rarely have I gone past 15. Even when the letters are aligned well, the sheer mechanics of my touchpad and keyboard are a limitations. I have no idea how you get to 94. I do understand your statement "that I've set the bar so high for myself I'll feel like I have to beat it." 

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I haven't come close to that mark since, and usually finish with 20+K. Although right now I'm #46 on today's Leaderboard with 37,765. I forget what round I finished on but it was 20-something. I don't have the discipline to stop making words when I should just use the bombs or pause and strategize, and sometimes when time is almost out I get all jittery and can't even land the dang bomb on the board! ...One thing I don't like about this game is the weird letter combinations that masquerade as words. I had started a list and posted some here with definitions, but take AIA - I can't find anything except American Institute of Architects. ULU, on the other hand, is an Inuit knife, so I feel it's acceptable. Anyhow the more you play the more potential crazy words you recognize - like 'em or not.

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Try this link, which I posted earlier:

https://games.washingtonpost.com/games/word-wipe

Take the bonus bombs in every round! They say you have to watch ads, but after the first one there aren't any. I don't know if it's working for everybody - lots of views but no "kudos." I hope somebody reports back.

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I'm being offered 2 bonus bombs per round in addition to whatever I "earn." And they say you have to watch an ad, but usually there is no ad! If you do see an ad, the game resumes immediately when it ends. As for using the bombs, I've only run out a couple of times. Time for clearing enough lines is what I run out of, because I lack discipline and keep trying to make words - then I panic and don't get the bombs out fast or accurately enough. But I'm doing a lot better, scoring between 30 and 50K pretty often. As for those folks up in the 100k+ region, I have no idea... unless they're pausing long enough to work it out on paper. Getting back to the bombs, maybe it has something to do with how you access the game? I get it via my Washington Post subscription. The offer of bonus bombs every round started a few weeks ago, and I ignored it at first because I thought there would be ads every time, but nope! When I do the best it's because I pause in late rounds if I don't immediately have a word. My highest score so far is around 53K.

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Susan -- I think the reason you are getting all the bombs is because, as you say, you are accessing WordWipe via your Washington Post subscription. 

I went to the WaPo site and I see what you are talking about.  Access via the AARP site doesn't offer that.  That probably explains many if not most of the astronomical scores.  In just playing with it for a minute on WaPo, I had 5 bombs at Level 3.

 

I also use an ad blocker so that complicates things.  I'm not willing to watch the ads.

 

So how do you access the AARP game via WaPo?

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I opened the game as I usually do, logged out of WaPo and the bombs are still there. Here's the link: https://games.washingtonpost.com/games/word-wipe

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BTW I have to be signed in at WaPo to see my score on the Leaderboard. It's $10/month and I subscribe for the journalism, which is excellent  - IMO. ("Your mileage may vary," as we often say at the NYT crossword blog.)

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I do enjoy WaPo journalism, but I can't say it and the puzzle-bomb advantage are worth $120 a year to me.

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I get that. But I choose to support the newspapers I feel are trusted sources so they don't all disappear, and then I won't know what to believe. 

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I agree with supporting trusted sources, but there are so many that I would like to support and I can't afford to support all of them. 

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Also, BoiseEd, I don't know that you have to subscribe unless you want to see your rank on the Leaderboard.

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WaPo, New Yorker, and others like to plant cookies to limit how many articles you can access. They don't seem to apply to puzzles, though.

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The highest I've ever gotten was 42,000, but I rarely break 35,000. I have gotten better over time, so practice does help. However... 

....and I probably shouldn't even mention this, but since so many people here are frustrated by some of the impossibly high scores that are posted, there is one very plausible way that people are cheating and just knowing about it may make all of us non-cheaters feel better.

 

When I showed my son the high scores that were 60,000 and even up to 200,000+ on occasion, he guessed that they are probably taking screen shots of the whole board and then pausing the game while they study the screen shots. Then he said, "Mom, I certainly hope you won't do that!"

 

For me, there is zero satisfaction to be had from cheating, so it's not in my nature to do that, but it seems that would be an obvious way to do it. 

 

I also agree that the rules for scoring should be much clearer! They are really pretty useless. Thanks to all here who have figured out some of the letter values and shared that!

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There appear to be two ways to approach this game: one is to go for high points by getting the best words; the other (mine) is to go for the highest level. Personally, I've reached level 17 (very short time allowed) and my best score is 23,286, never close to the leader list.

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The highest I've ever gotten was around 35,000 and I was "on fire".  But I agree what the trick is to try to use all the letters and make good use of the B's and G's since they are worth so much, especially with a bigger word.  ReneeB720366 figured out scoring and that was immensely helpful.

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Today the top score was 300,000+ !   How can that be??

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I saw 1 MILLION once, and I can't believe that's even possible---No way, no how!!

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may be by cheating?, they cheat on everything else, why not word wipe?

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I figured out the scoring.  Certain letters are worth certain points.  Each time you add a letter to a word, the points are multiplied.  For example, for the word "GATE," a G=10, A=2, T=8, E=2.  So, 10+2+8+2=22 and since it's. 4 letter word you multiply the 22 by 4 getting 88 points for the word.

 

 

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Somebody got over 250,000????   Wha???   How???  Help!!!   I got to 26,000 and thought I was doing great!